2020 Mercedes CLA-Class officially debuts at CES 2019

Comes with a sportier look and advanced tech



Taking a quick break from the latest smartphones and laptops, let’s look at the automotive side of this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

German brand Mercedes-Benz has finally introduced the new CLA-Class. The update to the 2013 model is now bigger with more character on the outside and new features on the inside.

Watch the cinematic trailer here:

This 4-door coupe looks sporty with its wide bonnet and stylish flowing lines on its body. The new model is also two inches longer and wider than its predecessor resulting in a more spacious cabin. There are standard 18-inch wheels, but fitting on a pair of optional 19-inch rims will make for a more commanding stance while on the road.

Inside, the wide panel is comprised of two seven-inch displays for the instrumentation and its infotainment system. Want them bigger? Customers can opt to upsize them to dual 10.25-inch screens.

The system boasts the Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) with support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The company said it has an improved voice control assistant and can be activated by simply saying, “Hey Mercedes,” and is reported to be able to reply to complicated questions.

To further show off their new tech, it has Interior Assistant which is a gesture-control system for turning on certain lights, for example, and eliminates the need to push buttons.

Here, check out the company’s teaser on its gesture-control system:

Lights on with a simple hand move. The Interior Assistant in the new CLA.

Posted by Mercedes-Benz on Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Under the hood, a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine runs the show with 221 horses and 258Nm of torque. Its seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission delivers power to the front wheels, although there is an all-wheel-drive variant as another option.

There’s no news for the pricing, but it’s expected to hit US dealerships towards the end of the year.


General Motors unveils a flying Cadillac taxi concept

Personal taxis of the future may look like this



CES 2021 continues to wow everyone with the launching of new products and the unveiling of concept products that could become a reality one day. One such concept product showed at CES is the flying Cadillac taxi concept by General Motors (GM).

The flying taxi concept is a vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) vehicle, eliminating the need for any runway. Based on the exhibit by GM, it is a single-seater with eight coaxial rotors on the side. The vehicle will also operate autonomously with an electric motor and a 90-kWh battery powering it. The motor also enables the flying taxi to speed up to 56 mph.

Further details about the Cadillac flying taxi are scarce beyond these basic specifications. GM says that this concept is part of its “multi-modal future”: the taxi will act as a personal ferry between two points. Upon arriving at these points, a person can take another electric vehicle to carry them to their destination.

The flying taxi is also a part of GM’s new Ultium platform, which is its in-house solution for EV fleets. As for real-world availability, GM hasn’t disclosed anything so the final product may look drastically different than this one. However, it still is a cool concept that could bode well in the future.

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Apple and Hyundai are partnering for an electric car in 2024



For years, the enigmatic Apple Car has popped in and out of the limelight. Merely because of the volume of reports, the company is certainly working on a vehicle for the future. Finally, the rumored vehicle gets some much-needed confirmation. After several reports, Apple and Hyundai are partnering for an electric car in 2024.

Late last week, an ambiguous rumor reported as much. According to a South Korean outlet, both companies were reportedly in early talks for such a partnership. At the time, the electric car was supposedly entering production in 2027. However, both Apple and Hyundai denied the rumors, casting the report in doubt.

Today, however, a new report has updated last week’s seemingly debunked rumor, as reported by Reuters. This time, Korea IT News, a South Korean newspaper, confirmed the upcoming partnership of the two companies. Apple and Hyundai will reportedly ink the deal by March this year. And, instead of a 2027 deadline, the Apple Car will enter production by 2024.

Again, both companies have refused to comment on the potential partnership. Soon after, the newspaper removed the 2024 anticipated date. According to the same report, Apple and Hyundai will create and release a beta version of the vehicle next year.

Besides their iconic iPhones, Apple has dabbled in other industries over the past few years. For example, the company successfully released an Apple Card, its entry in the fintech industry.

SEE ALSO: Apple is developing its own search engine

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Nissan offers exclusive discounts, low downpayment on select models

Save up to PhP 430,000 on your next Nissan purchase!



Getting your first car is tempting this holiday season. Nissan has just extended its Safer Drives and Deals promo until December 31, offering exclusive discounts and savings on select models.

You can avail of up to PhP 430,000 discount when you buy a brand-new Nissan Patrol, Nissan X-Trail, Nissan Terra, Nissan Sylphy, Nissan Urvan, and Nissan Almera. Through Nissan’s financing program, you can also benefit from monthly offers such as PhP 5,769 downpayment with 0% interest for up to 24 months, or free amortization for up to 6 months on select vehicles.

Select variants of Nissan Navara also come with cash savings of up to PhP 185,000. Also bundled on this exclusive offer is a free bedliner accessory. However, this exclusive offer is only available through Nissan’s financing program.

If you are paying through cash though, you can still take advantage of cash discounts for other Nissan models. You can save up to PhP 330,000 on select variants of Nissan Patrol, Terra, X-Trail, Sylphy, Navara, Urvan, and Almera.

Meanwhile, an all-in low downpayment option for as low as PhP 28,000 is available for Nissan Almera, Sylphy, X-Trail, Terra, Navara, and Urvan. Downpayment options are available through select partner banks of authorized Nissan dealers.

Tempted to get a Nissan car already? Visit Nissan Philippines’ website for more information on their latest promo.

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